Hackers are set to target Google’s new Chrome operating system claims security Company McAfee in its “2010 Threat Predictions” report.
According to McAfee, the use of HTML5 will allow cyber criminals to get access to a PC and a mobile phone because the OS is designed to help Web applications behave like PC software. According to BusinessWeek, developers are using the HTML5 language to ensure that the software delivers fast response times and stores information that users can access even when they’re not connected to the Internet.
The popularity of Google’s (GOOG) software, which includes a collaboration program, business applications that compete with Microsoft’s Office suite, and other products, makes the company’s websites alluring to hackers who hope to infect computers with malware that can spread spam or pilfer information, says Dave Marcus, director of security research at McAfee. “When a technology is widely used and adopted, the bad guys will latch onto it before the good guys do,” he says. “Developers need to think about how [HTML5] is going to be abused.”
McAfee’s report also said that attacks against Adobe software, including Acrobat image-viewing tools and Flash technology for online video and animation, would become the most common type of attack on application software in 2010.
The security company claims that Adobe software might even become a more common target than Microsoft’s Office suite, McAfee said. “Adobe takes the security of our products and technologies very seriously,” Adobe said in an e-mailed statement. “We use any new insights gained from the data included in the various security vendors’ threat reports as part of our ongoing work and commitment to best protect customers.”